Thursday, 13 December 2018
Apple

Best Books and Reference Apps For iPad

Check out all the best books and magazines that take advantage of the iPad’s fantastic display

1. Ambrosia
Ambrosia offers a selection of cocktail recipes for those who wish to make non-alcoholic concoctions for their friends. The presentation is not overly professional, but the instructions are clear and there is a lot of fun hidden within each of the 30 recipes included. The app will adjust the ingredients in accordance to the amount of servings you’re preparing, and a handy checklist enables you to tick o_ each step of the mixing process so you never lose track of where you are. This app could be useful for any special occasion.

2. Aristotle Book Collection
Despite a slightly amateurish appearance, the five works included in this book make for a fascinating diversion. Included works include The Athenian Constitution, The Categories, Ethics, The Poetics and Politics – A Treatise on Government and the app boasts an easy-to-use interface that allows you to switch books and navigate your way through them easily. For the price this represents sound value for money and an enthralling read, whether you are aware of Aristotole’s writings or not.

3. Bath Rugby Official Programmes
As a specialist magazine, this title will be perfect for any fan of the Bath rugby team as it allows them to get digital access to every official matchday programme, regardless of whether or not they attend the games. Each issue contains all the latest club news, interviews, player blogs and match reports spread across 92 pages. When purchasing the app you can choose one issue and then buy further issues individually or subscribe for the season to get each issue as and when.

4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens – iRead Series
This classic Dickens novel focuses on a long-running dispute which has far-reaching consequences for all involved and serves as the author’s assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system, in which Dickens himself once served as a law clerk. Though available in various apps and digital formats, this version includes the ability to zoom text, place bookmarks and much more. A great way to read an absorbing book.

5. Sancti
This app is slightly misleading in the sense that you don’t actually get Simon Toyne’s bestselling book – the app is merely a promotional tool through which you can scan the physical book and reveal hidden messages delivered directly by the Sancti themselves. You’re invited to study these messages carefully because you will then be asked a question based on your findings which could win you a special prize. It’s a good idea to help heighten interest in the book, but it’s a throwaway gimmick with limited appeal.